Bhutan being the mountainous country entering into Bhutan is either by flight or by land. The roads are well connected and country is bordered with INDIA in the south and Tibet and China in the North. Though China is our next neighbor in the north but we do not have any diplomatic relation with them and therefore no road or Flights operates from Bhutan to China. If travelling to China from Bhutan you have to fly to Kathmandu Nepal or Bangkok Thailand.
There are three entry points from India to Bhutan and if you are planning to drive overland to Bhutan you have to come via INDIA. The first entry point is from Phuntsholing bordered with west Bengal. If you are planning tour in North east INDIA (Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong) the best route to enter Bhutan is via Phuntsholing and this is the main route used by most of the tourist. The journey time from each of this place to 4 to 5 years depending upon the traffic.
Second Entry point is from Samdrupjongkhar near Guwahati. This is quite far from main touristic center but if you plan to explore East West Bhutan Travel you can enter from Samdrupjongkhar and our guide shall assist you with all formalities.
Third entry is from Gelephu the southern District but this entry point is hardly used by the tourist.
Many international chains of Hotels have started their business in Bhutan and to name them they are 5 Star Hotel Amankora whose head quarter based in Singapore and they have 5 luxury lodges located in prime area in different parts of Bhutan. We also have UMA by COMO located at very prime location. Likewise we also have own brand of luxury Resorts like Dhensa Boutique, Gangtey Goenpa Lodge which provides the same luxury feelings to our clients and recent development of new luxury Hotels in Bhutan is Sixth Sense which will be operational from October 2018.
All Indian can travel Bhutan without Visa but it is mandatory to have vote card for immigration purpose. Only two travel documents is valid for Indian travelling to Bhutan and that is valid passport or Vote card for adult and original Birth Certificate for child who doesnot have vote card or passport. Passport validity should be more than six months. If you are booking a tour with tour operator than you need to send you color passport scan copy for advance Bhutan permit. This advance permit will save lots of time at the border. If your travel date falls on weekends or on government holidays than you cant process your permit.
No other documents like Adhar card, driving license or student card is valid for entry into Bhutan. As for child without passport and below 18 years of age should have birth certificate accompanied by parents during Bhutan entry. This is also to inform our valued Indian traveller that if you have Punakha and onward destination in your tour program than you must plan ahead because Punakha also needs special permit which can be applied in Thimphu.
The best and easy way for Indian tourist to get into Bhutan is by flight. Flight operates from Delhi, Kolkatta, Guwahati and Bagdugra and your travel permit is given upon arrival at paro international airport. Please note that permit issued at Airport is valid only in Thimphu and Paro. For other places you need to apply special permit from the immigration office in Thimphu.You can contact us for flight fare and its schedule.
If you plan to drive or ride your own vehicle you need to have complete documents like driving license, Insurance, Road worthiness certificate and License to apply permit for vehicle or Bike. You should have enough time at border to process all this formalities and plan accordingly. Please reconfirm with your agent or Hotel that Indian vehicle are allowed to ply as per your tour program because Bikes are not allowed beyond Punakha.
Transfer of payment from India to Bhutan is very easy. Our Druk PNB have affiliation with Punjab bank in India based in Delhi Rajendra Nagar. You can transfer in cash not more than INR 49000 per day or make online payment directly to the PNB bank in Delhi in the account number provided by your tour operator. Very important thing to remember here is while making the transfer the bank will provide you with UTR number (Unique Tracking Reference number) which you have to send it to local tour operator in Bhutan for payment claim into their account.
Yes as long as you book your tour through licensed tour operator your money is safe.
This will depend upon individual company. Some company will ask for 100 percent advance payment and some 50% and rest upon arrival. You can make the deal with the operator regarding the Tour payment.
For Indian travellers you can carry Indian currency and you can use them in any corner of Bhutan. Denomination of 2000 and 200 is less accepted in Bhutan so better carry other denomination.
Yes you can use in some hotels and handicraft shop but not in other places. You better carry cash. You can always withdraw money from the ATM machine which accepts international debit and Master card.